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Major General
George Glas Sandeman
Carey
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b. 23 Feb 1867 - d. 1948

son of Tupper Carey
and Helen Jane Sandeman

Married: 4 Jan 1906

Amy Charlotte Emily Hoskins

b. 30 Apr 1885

daughter of Charles Hoskins Master
and Amy Morgan

 

Educated at Winchester
gazetted to Royal Artillery as Lieutenant 1886
Captain 1895
Major 1901
Lieut.-Colonel 1913
Brevet-Colonel 1915
substantive 1917
retired with the rank of Major-General 1922

J.P. for Sussex 1927
member of West Sussex County Council
D.L. (West Sussex) 1937

 

War Services
South African War 1900-2; Queens Medal with 2 clasps
First World War from commencement 1914 to Armistice 1918
as Lieut-Colonel commanding Royal Field Artillery Brigade to May 1915
Commander Royal Artillery 27th Division from 5 Jun 1915 to 8 Sep 1915
Commander Royal Artillery 11th Corps to May 1917
commanding 139th Infantry Brigade to Mar 1915
commanding 20th Division to end of the War
O.C. Troops, Jamaica and Inspector of West Indian Forces 1920-2

Medals
1914 Bronze Star and Cross
British War and Victory Medals

Decorations:
C.B. 1916
C.M.G. 1918
Commander, Legion of Honour
Commander of Ordre de la Couronne, Belgium
Medaille Militaire, Belgium

Carey's Force
When the Germans launched their tremendous offensive of March 21st 1918, American Engineers provided a great aid to the British by laying out and constructing lines of trenches. On March 25th, the staff of the Fifth Army hastily gathered together a composite force made up of various details, engineers, training school staff and the American engineers. It was taken over by Major-General G G S Carey (who was on his way to take over command of the 20th Division) and given the name of Carey's Force. This group acted as Infantry and created a front line trench bridging a dangerous gap between the Fifth and Third British Armies at Hamel and Bangard Wood. For three days they held the gap, namely at the Battle of Rosieres: 26th - 27th March 1918 until Carey's Force Brigade was withdrawn from line to make room for American troops. The Brigade then moved to Fouilloy & Aubigny to billets. The incident was taken up by the British Press who celebrated the Victory at the time.

Newspaper Cutting - March / April 1918:
PROMOTION FOR OFFICE WHO CLOSED THE GAP Brigadier General Sandeman Carey, who with a scratch force closed the gap on the ..... to ... during the recent German offensive is one of seven officers gazetted Major-Generals. The closing of the gap to the line by Brigadier-General Carey was one of the heroic incidents of the resistance against the great German offensive which began on March 20 (1918). It was at 2 a.m. on the sixth day of the battle that orders were given for creating a force to fill a dangerous gap between Hamel and Hangard Wood. A man of energy, initiative and rapid decision was wanted as a leader, and the man was found in General Carey. He organised the f........ Labour Battalions officers and men in an infantry school in the district, and other units engaged in the usual work behind the lines and with this scratch force he held the German Army which threw (all) furiously against the weak point (but) in vain.

Major-General Carey's letter to
Major-General Herman Landon
April 28th 1918

20th Division

B.E.F.

april 28th

My dear General

How very nice & kind of you to write & congratulate me - I have been a little sore over the advertisement because I really did very little but give my name to Carey's Force - & it appealed for some reason or other to the public - My doings were very much exagerated - it has one advantage that it brought your nice letter - I think my predecessor in my late brigade - Shipley - is one of your brigadiers. We are resting feet at present - or rather going in for what they call " intensive training " which is anything but a rest - I do, indeed, hope that we shall meet again after the war - I have not forgotten all your kindness to me when you were commanding the 3rd brigade - I hope Mrs Landon & Mary are quite well. Please remember me very kindly to Mrs Landon. Hoping my dear General that I may have the pleasure of seeing you again before very long.

Yours sincerely

G G S Carey